Cecafa: McKinstry Lauds Brave Youthful Squad After Kenya Win

The Makindye General Court Martial has pardoned Lt. Swaleh Aramathan who has been facing  a twenty months imprisonment handed to him by Kanywamwirima Barracks Division court after he was convicted of escape from custody.

The court reduced the twenty months imprisonment to twelve months detention.

On December 4, price 2014 while at Kanyamwirima Barracks in Bundibugyo district, ampoule Swaleh was arrested and detained at the unit quarter guard for drunkenness but while in detention he escaped from custody to frustrate the planned medical test.

He was later rearrested and charged with drunkenness and escape from lawful custody, but later prosecution withdrew the first charge and thus court convicted him on his plea of escape from lawful custody, thereby sentencing him to twenty months imprisonment.

However, Swaleh was not satisfied with this ruling and through his lawyers he appealed to the General court martial on grounds that the twenty months sentence was harsh and excessive since he was a first offender who had pleaded guilty as a sign of remorsefulness.

State prosecution on its side submitted that Swaleh’s escape from lawful detention was intended to frustrate the medical test thus making him a dishonest officer. It also the faulted the appellant who is a Muslim for taking alcohol which violates the Moslem code of conduct.

The General Court martial Chairman Maj. General Levi Karuhanga in his judgment reduced the twenty months imprisonment to twelve months on grounds that the accused was a first offender who pleaded guilty of the charge against him and that courts of law don’t award first offenders long imprisonment sentences unless compelled by circumstances which were not anywhere in this case.

“In our judgment we think the sentence of twenty months detention awarded by the trial court was rather excessive. In the result we substitute the twenty months detention with twelve months detention.


The sentence will be reckoned from the date of the trial court sentence. We so rule” Karuhanga remarked
Amavubi stars’ boss John McKinstry has lauded his youthful team following their spirited show that saw them eliminate defending champions Kenya from the ongoing Cecafa senior challenge in Addis Ababa, remedy Ethiopia.

Rwanda won the match 5-4 after post match penalty shootouts following a barren  90 minutes of normal play.

“Overall I feel we deserved, medicine because of what we put into the game, to progress into the semi finals. Going into a shootout, it is always a tense situation but we must commend our players for the focus they showed. You must also remember that of our five penalty takers, four of them were either 19 or 20 years old. So well done to them for having both the confidence and the quality to take and score their penalties,” McKinstry said.

The Irish coach replaced APR’s first choice keeper Olivier Kwizera with another youthful custodian Eric Ndayishimiye. Kwizera blundered against Tanzania conceeding a sloppy goal that led to their only loss but his replacement turned masterclass after Ndayishimiye did well to block Eric Johanna Omondi’s penalty to deny Kenya 100% conversion.

On the other side, Haruna Niyonzima, Jacques Tuyisenge, Djihad Bizimana, Isaie Songa and Celestin Ndayishimiye did perfectly well to score all of Rwanda’s five from the spot.

“Throughout the 90 minutes, I thought we played with great determination and restricted Kenya to only a few chances; whilst also creating some good opportunities ourselves.”

Rwanda will play Sudan on Thursday from 1pm local time (2pm Rwanda) seeking their seventh ever finals. The Amavubi have only won the trophy once in 1999 when their team B won at home after defeating Kenya.

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